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Poster: light into ashes Date: Dec 22, 2010 11:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nominations for best Lovelight

I don't have a 'best' version - but I particularly like the early Lovelights from '67, which are played in a very different groovy style (which carried into early '68) - and the last Pigpen versions, 12/15/71 and the three from Europe '72. (5/7 and 4/26 are especially good.)

Pigpen's raps can get repetitive...so I often prefer the shorter Lovelights up to early '69. (2/28/69 for instance, hit me hard.) In the later half-hour extravaganzas of '69/70, Lovelights often really lose momentum & drag on, especially when Pigpen's interrupting the band every five minutes: "Wait a minute!" Lovelight is more of a showman's piece & a chance for Pigpen to strut a while, not a Dark Star, so on tape it's not really a thrill to hear it get longer and LONGER....
7/12/70 and 11/6/70 are a couple standouts from that year. As audience recordings, they bring out the "religious revival" aspect of Dead shows, and you can hear the audiences left in awe. I also love 4/17/71 and 4/27/71 when Pigpen gets busy hooking up audience members.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 23, 2010 12:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nominations for best Lovelight

2/28/69 is, without question, the finest ever rendition of the song. the 7+ minute jam following the 1st verses is one of the highest musical peaks the band has ever achieved. (this is of course, imho...)

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Poster: Skobud Date: Dec 23, 2010 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nominations for best Lovelight

+1

Ive made no secret about my love for 2/28/69. The Lovelight is incredible.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Dec 23, 2010 10:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nominations for best Lovelight

i've often wondered why this lovelight jam is much longer than the others of these feb. shows. was Pig feeling a little ill that night? or was the band just feeling the jam like they are on almost every other track!

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Poster: Jim F Date: Dec 22, 2010 11:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Nominations for best Lovelight

^Couldn't have said it better. 4/26/72 has always been a favorite for the way they somehow, after a loooong show and THAT Truckin>Other One, still muster up some pretty amazingly high energy and telepathic playing throughout. That transition jam at the end with the NFA feel, then into GDTRFB, it doesn't get much better than that. It's kinda like the Europe 72 version of the Smokestack>King Bee transition of 11/19/66.

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